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Blu-ray vs. HD DVD

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Microsoft, Sony and dozens of other large corporations have spent years NOT agreeing on a standard format for the next generation DVD. The result: two separate and incompatible formats are being offered to consumers. Eventually, like Betamax and VHS before them, one will win and one will lose. As of now, which one will win and which one will lose is uncertain. What is certain is that consumers will lose. Why? Some consumers will buy the losing format and end up with obsolete equipment. Many more consumers will buy nothing until after there is a clear winner - and prices will remain high until a mass market is developed.


It is our belief that we the consumers can determine the winner in this format war. How will we do this? By having YOU vote for the format you prefer to win (Click here or on "Comparison between Blu-ray and HD DVD" link in the "Learn More" section to the left to see a comparison between the two formats). Then we all agree to buy the format that wins the vote. OK, it's as much a social experiment as a consumer stand. But our goal is clear - push the losing format to drop out. Let's take control! WHY DID YOU VOTE AS YOU DID? Share your thoughts in the forum below.
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The average consumer has been concerned with extras for several years now. Many repurchase the same titles over and over for extras.

You must be talking about SD DVDs, not hddvd, right?
The consumer you are talking about is a small minority that do that. And the extras you are referring to in that scenario are not the PiP/interactivity (profile1.1/2.0) stuff. Only the hddvd supporters are concerned with this, not the average joe consumer who doesn't even know much about high-def technology yet, and won't care as much about the high-def type extras, as you think they will, until some time after it really hits the market. Most consumers will care about the 1080p/lossless high-def, not extras. Only a minority will care so much for extras, as you suggest with SD DVDs.

Home video market is home video market. BTW the same thing was done with VHS until it died and HD is no different. These are hardly the minority, it would not benefit a company to reproduce and re-release a movie if it would not sell well. In many cases the re-releases sell as well or better than their predecessors.

Your english is coming along well Chris... :-)

Any HD DVD hold outs left? Move on, buy Bluray and see what you've been missing. Just saw a profile 2.0 not REALLY concerned about all the extras personally -but- I gotta' admit, it's impressesive. Particularly for those that like "gagetry." 2.0 has something for everybody, and it's only going to get better.

I have seen 2.0 and not in demo or theory; but really seen what it haves to offer. You are right it was great and it was called HD DVD.

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I'm still buying HD DVD's. With all the sales on the movies it doesn't make any sense to go buy an overpriced Blu Ray player and then pay higher costs for the same movies that are already available on HD DVD.

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Nobody force anybody to buy HD DVD Toshiba or Sony , Panasonic , Sharp Blu ray players . For two years it was a battle beetwen this two format , so the smartest peaple are who wait until it was clear which format will be the next generation HD format . Those who bought Toshiba players they knew that they are taking risk , they went for cheaper product , now many are very disapoited . That's the market strategy , and unfortunately only costumers are loosing , but again either Toshiba or Sony , nobody force anyone to buy their product , so now is not a time to feel sorry , or espect for some compansation from Toshiba or apology ???. It's noncens. What you choose you got it and enjoy . That's the name of the game.

Many issue you state are true. Price can noot be the only issue in making a keen pourchase. Bluray was always the choice of most of we Germans. Many here always believe Bluray to the better technology by far. Now it has come true.

If that is so why was HD DVD in a massive lead in Germany and most of Europe until the end of last year?

HDDVD is cheapest and more reliable.

Cheapest, more so than ever as it is a dead fomratt. Bluray has been as reliable and will continue to be so.

Yeah because ITS DEAD!

HD DVD is defintalty cheaper than ever. I've seen like new units on eBay sell for a little as $38.00. It is NOT more reliable though, and new titles will be unavailble in the very near future. The ONLY reason left to buy HD DVD is to buy a good upconverting player for practically nothing.

New HD DVD player at Meisenhaus and other seller for 25 American dollars. No HD DVD movie anywhere at any costs in Berin.

No, that is not the only reason. As a videographer that creates hi-def dvds, HD-DVD is still the best choice for my personal collection. As I pointed out in an earlier post, I find it interesting that no one has mentioned that owners of Hi-Def camcorders (not the Blu-Ray based AVCHD codec) can actually burn their own Hi-Definition videos in HD-DVD format right onto standard DVD's.

One can get 24 minutes of hi-def footage onto a standard dvd and 44 minutes on a dual-layer dvd and still have room for menus with motion thumbnails for the chapters. And dual-layer burners cost less than $40.

From the video editing side, the project flows just as quickly as editing in standard definition. However, try to do that with the Blu-Ray format (AVCHD) and your computer will crawl. In fact, it is so slow that the manufacturers of video editing software actually state that if you are going to attempt to burn a Blu-Ray disk, then don't even try to create a menu with chapters. The best you will be able to do is burn the footage and then tediously fast-forward to a desired scene on your expensive Blu-Ray player. Won't that be professional looking on your child's wedding video.

So even though HD-DVD has lost the war, I will still be burning HD-DVD content for my Toshiba player for years to come on standard media. Needless to say, at a price point of under $75, it's a no-brainer. HD-DVD beats Blu-Ray hands down for the home videographer.

When you say that HD-DVD is not more reliable than Blu-Ray I assume you are refering to the hardware. In the case of the media, eg the disk itself, Blu-Ray only has a 0.1 mm protective layer over the actual data. HD-DVD has a 0.6 mm protective layer which makes it less prone to producing read errors from small scratches compared to Blu-Ray.

Bluray special coating material makes Bluray much easier to stand up againaist ahbuse. Much more durable coating.

Get off that please! The disks are a whole lot more durable than the STANDARD DVD style disks that HD DVD USED. There is a protective coating that is somewhat harder than the actual plastic that the disk uses. The withstand a whole lot more abuse than HD DVDs do. It is a better format and a better disk, just ask ALL the studios who they now put disks out on. Their answer is going to be Blu-ray because it WON the format war.

The protective coating is not to make them better it is to protect the extremely thin layer before the data.

Actually the TDK coating does make them more scratch resistent than DVDs or HDDVDs, thus making it a better more futurized/improved product for the future. It protects consumers investments more than previous technology media did.

Sony company is now working on PSP because they want to release a new drive for psp that can support blu-ray whi 16gb.and it will attach on psp every thing
is turning to blu-ray even game companies.

You are aware that the PS3 is a Blu-ray player? And the PSP is going to be revamped in a few years and a UMD style BD drive will eventually make it in there. I don't think they have any plans to make an attachment.

Sony company and warner co,will get exclusive on blu-ray and microsoft must change it`s plans for future even for xbox360,they already deneid hd drive for xbox
and every is getting to be complicate for ms company.

MS is in big trouble again in EU for their latest greedy tactics. They were fined over $1 billion plus other multi-million dollar fines for ignoring previous court orders. It couldn't happen to a ?nicer? bunch of people. MS's backing the HD DVD product had as much to do with my choosing Bluray as anything else.

Well i am not an expert It is true dosen't matter sony or toshiba but it is a fact thet 1 million costumers had purchased hd dvd player!So that is a shame all those peoples are not gona enjoy the upcoming releses in Hd unless they change to blu ..
Why would be confusing..hd or blue-ray it is your choise to decide which you prefer better Lamburghini or Ferrari ..!
I like my Hd dvd player ,and about Sony well you sony lovers want to know something about sony products...they rip you off big time you pay for the name and the outside of your sony product becaus not once i seen inside the box is NOT sony "it is sharp ,phillips ...etc"
That wouldn't be a problem either only this is not a Bang & Olufsen they use only the best from everything
So Do you know if your sony blu-ray is realy a Sony?
By the way Hd dvd offers more features then bluray
Yes i know blueray it has bigger capacity but why is that matter to you ,
Read this rticle/HD_DVD_B...
But it is good brands out there who make blue-ray ..but you will be able to AFFORD THAT?
Anyway if is the price reasonable i don't care hd or blue i care about QUALITY

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